Once attributed to Veronese, this painting, 'The Flight of Achior from the Camp of Holofernes', 'Judith receiving the Ancients of Bethulia', 'Judith leaving Bethulia', 'Judith received by Holofernes' and 'Judith feasted by Holofernes' may have been made in his studio. The narrative, from the apocryphal Book of Judith, celebrates the Jewish heroine who saved her people from the tyranny of Holofernes; the subject was especially popular in Venice. Sumptuous narrative panels such as these were often inserted into luxury chests, or formed part of the decoration of a room, perhaps set in a frieze at the level of the cornice.
Where to see this painting?
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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